Discuss movements that could be seen as creative for children.Discuss movements that could be seen as creative for children.

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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The best examples of using creative movement for learning I have seen are in the primary grades.  I know a first grade teacher who designs movements for certain terms and processes, and actally acts out vocabulary words.  I guess you could say that everyone's movement is important, not just the child's.

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literaturenerd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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Similar to posting above, I believe that your question is vague, but I will take a different approach to answering your question in hopes that one of us is on the right track.

If you are speaking about movements in regards to periods of history and/or literature, all periods can be seen as creative as long as they are taught in a creative way.  The best way to tackle a movement is to look at all of the pieces of the period- the art, music, literature, and history.  This way, you will be sure to find something that every student can relate to.

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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The question is vague and I will do my best to answer it.  I think that some of the best examples of movements that enhance or encourage the creativity of children took place in the early 1990s under the work inspired by Howard Gardener.  The establishment of multiple intelligences within the mind of children did much to enhance the ideas of authentic assessment, different learning styles, and the idea of being able to assess children's learning in different ways.  This movement was so powerful in embracing children's creativity because it sought to center education with the needs of the specific learner in mind and move away from a standardized approach to teaching and learning that devalued children's talents.  Gardener's approach to teaching with multiple intelligences in mind was important in forcing teachers, parents, and all educational stakeholders to understand that children have tendencies within them that might require deeper understanding of content and assessment in order to facilitate a true sense of learning.  Gardner's work places primacy on children's creative talents for he believes that this should be the essential element in all of student learning and teacher instruction.

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